The popular party game with many variations is said to have originated in the USSR in the 1980s, and can be played with cards, an app, or just players’ knowledge.
Logic, strategy and social skills such as reading body language are involved.
The game begins with a player acting as a “moderator” assigning other players in the game with a an identity. This can differ in every variation of the game, but ultimately involves innocent characters and “the mafia” who act as evil doers in the game whose aim is to trick other players in the game into thinking everyone but them is the mafia, in order to keep their identity hidden and win.
In each round, players nominate who they think are “the mafia”. If correct, the game is over, and the majority win. But if not, the game continues until the identity of “the mafia” is either revealed or they are the last player or players standing.
Isabel: It’s a complicated game. There’s one evil person and everyone has to work out who it is.
Antigone: You can play it with technology or with nothing or with cards.
Karam: You try to keep your identity hidden.
Hunter: It’s mainly a group where we can meet up with our friends and play.
The group can play up to 20 rounds in an hour.